Mac's NFL Blog - 9/3/07

In today's NFL Blog: Jerramy Stevens returns "home", another team plays the Revenge Game with the Vikings, the Cards and Raiders compete for ill-advised draft picks, and Frampton Comes Alive in Detroit.

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed guard Kendall Simmons to a 4-year extension worth $23.1M. At the bottom of that Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article there's the Steelers 8-man practice squad.

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick implored the Minnesota Vikings to pass on TE Garrett Mills, whom the Patriots waived on Saturday, but that didn't deter the Vikings from signing him.

Belichick responded by claiming LB David Herron off waivers from the Vikings.

The Denver Broncos lead the race to sign former Buccaneers DE Simeon Rice.

The Seattle Seahawks have added former Buccaneers DT Ellis Wyms to fill the run-stopping void left by the injury to Marcus Tubbs.

Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden says that TE Jerramy Stevens is likely to play this week in Seattle, even though he'll miss two important days of practice to attend his DUI trial in Arizona.

Pat Yasinskas of the Charlotte Observer reports that the Carolina Panthers have added S Marquand Manuel and CB Dante Wesley, though nothing has been announced.

The last time the Colts met the Saints in the regular season, Peyton Manning threw six touchdown passes.

New Orleans Saints LT Jammal Brown is hoping to see only the front side of Colts DE Dwight Freeney on Thursday night.

If history is any indicator, you can expect a slow start by the Herm Edwards and the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Dallas Cowboys have problems.

The Detroit Lions claimed S Eric Frampton off waivers from Oakland.

The St. Louis Rams claimed RB Antonio Pittman off waivers from New Orleans, and filled out their practice squad.

Two days after jettisoning their own failed 3rd round draft pick, the Arizona Cardinals pounced on DE Quentin Moses, who was also chosen in the 3rd round, claiming him off waivers from the Oakland Raiders. Arizona released TE Ben Patrick to make room for him.

The Cincinnati Bengals cut three and add three.

Matthew Barrows of the Sacramento Bee has five keys to the San Francisco 49ers season.

Behind QB Brett Favre, the Packers have assembled an inexperienced backfield.

With QB David Garrard, the Jaguars won't have a stationary target in the pocket.

S/KR JR Reed and DT Kimo von Oelhoffen were claimed off waivers by the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Chicago Bears have the NFL's oldest offensive line, and David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune argues that isn't necessarily a bad thing.

New York Giants DE Michael Strahan is expected to report to the Giants today, but will he be ready?


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